A year after a disappointing defeat in the Elite Eight, the Ducks remained afloat, with tough defense and big shots sending them to the Final Four.
Jordan Bell blocked eight shots on Saturday, none more important than coming from behind to stuff Landen Lucas at the rim.
After plenty of disappointing exits in its 20 trips to the Big Dance, Gonzaga breaks through to reach its first Final Four.
SEC Network looks back at the Wildcats' December win against the Tar Heels as the two teams prepare to meet in the Elite Eight.
Lamenting his Jayhawks' losing in the Elite Eight for the fifth time since 2004, Kansas coach Bill Self said, "They all stick with me, and they'll stick with the players who've been part of it."
Gonzaga caught a few breaks on the way to its first Final Four, but the Bulldogs' complete game showed they are worthy and a true title contender.
NCAAM RPI Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI RK||SOS RK||SOR RK||RPI RK|
|8||West VirginiaWVU||Big 12||28-9||8||26||13||24|
|22||Iowa StateISU||Big 12||24-11||22||1||16||22|
- BPI RK: Rank in the Basketball Power Index (BPI) among all Division I teams.
- SOS RK: Strength of Schedule (SOS) rank among all Division I teams based on how a typical 25th ranked team would do against each team's schedule to date. SOS accounts for the game location, day's rest, travel distance, and high altitude in addition to opponent strength.
- SOR RK: Rank of Strength of Record (SOR) among all Division I teams. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.
- RPI RK: Team's rank in official NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).